Maiden Voyage

Greg Armstrong

I have a long handle large net that my friend fixed up for me I almost never have to take the fish out of water with the large net basket stays in water until I can unbutton the fly
A long handled net (31" total length) has been the answer for me as well (and the fishes well being), whether fishing from my skiff or pontoon.
Mine was just broken in two places and can't easily be repaired. Because it worked so well I'm going to buy another long handled net with the clear rubber mesh to keep the fish unharmed.
Ok, I've got a long handled net, but do you just let the net float or lay it in the bottom of the boat. I hate to let the fish bounce around on the hard floor of the boat. If I hold the handle with one hand and the fish is flopping around in the net it's hard to get things undone with just one hand. I don't like playing a fish to exhaustion and they are usually pretty active in the net. Am I missing something here? :confused:
What about putting a bracket on the side of the boat that could hold the net with the fish still in the water and leave you with 2 free hands. I would think it would be pretty simple addition to that little boat. Could put one on port and starboard really easily and have both sides covered.

I do something similar in my other pram with the occasional bigger or hotter fish. When I'm anchored up I usually pull my oars and lay them on one side of the boat to keep out of the way. So if I need two hands I just stick my net handle into the oar lock and then hold it between my thighs. Works well enough.

Just a thought.
I use a magnet, same type you would on a vest. Works beautifully on a float tube. Might work as part of the equasion on a pram. In any case, nice looking boat Steve!


Indi "Ira" Jones
It's funny, because when I started thinking about it, I could really picture what I did with the net while I was unhooking the fish. It was almost like I needed to head out to land a fish to figure it out. But then that old adage of "The act of observation, changes the results" chimed in. Luckily PT reminded me with his armpit post.


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I bought a large wooden net and love how I can let it float with the fish when needed. I can also take a quick pick while only holding the tail and resting the fish on the edge of the floating wooden net.

If I never sit in a float tube again I will die happy! I hate them damn things.

Tackle can go in a good backpack with different pockets for tools - leaders - large box's in the middle of pack.

My net may be a little big for your pram but a little smaller one should work.

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Having the small camera around my neck and pliers handy it doesn't take any time at all

Greg Armstrong

Here's what I do; Just keep the net and the fish in the water (this is where the longer handle helps while in a boat), set your rod down then slide your fingers down the leader to the fly and twist it out (use hemostats if necessary).
Then, when the fish is chomping at the bit and ready to go just lower the lip of the net and let it swim out... make sure it's fully revived first.
If it's not quite ready (you may need to hold it by the tail and let it work it's gills a bit, move the fish gently back and forth if necessary to get fresh water/oxygen to it's gills)- then let it swim out when it's good and ready.


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Looks like your boat has a little higher gunnel than my pram so leaning over with forceps might be more tough. I have a Stillwater so think is lower to the water, like others I can net the fish with long handle then can reach the fish without taking the fish out of water. Might just take getting used to how stable your boat is, but not need dunking yourself over the side just to release a fish.
I was lucky to find one of these long handle nets one day fishing and has worked great....thanks to whomever...